Friday, December 5, 2014
Tonight is the Night
Tonight is an exciting night in our home...shoes will be left by the door, and St. Nicholas will come upon his snow white horse and leave a little something in our shoes. A few cookies and a cup of tea will be left for St. Nicholas, and a carrot for his horse. Tomorrow morning, with much excitement, Reece will run to the front door to see just what St. Nicholas has left for him.
Throughout the week we have been reading, and discussing St. Nicholas, we have sorted through some of Reece's toys and packed them in a bag for St. Nicholas to take with him to share with other children, we will shop today for socks to donate to the homeless shelter in the spirit of St. Nicholas, and tomorrow we will celebrate St. Nicholas Day.
I have wrote a little this week about our family traditions this time of year, and how we have slowly added things over the last six years to create a holiday season that is right for our family. When Reece was born, Justin and I both knew we would forgo the idea of Santa Claus for various reasons, including the commercialism around the holiday, the lack of connection we both felt to the idea of Santa Claus, and our desire to slow down this time of year and really soak up the season, but we also knew we still wanted all the magic that comes with this festive season. For the first three years our celebrations were simple, Reece was young and had not been introduced to the normal seasonal traditions, and we took our time deciding what traditions we wanted to bring to our family so we could make mindful decisions about how we would approach the season. Over those first three years we enjoyed the holiday season, celebrated with my family on Christmas Day, and overall, just kept things pretty simple. Three years ago, with Reece growing, we felt the time was right to begin to include some Waldorf festivals in our year, and St. Nicholas Day seemed like a wonderful place to start. This day allows us a little of the magic that comes with this time of year, but still keeps things low key and simple. Slowly over the years the excitement for this day has increased, and Reece, as well as Justin and I, has really enjoyed this festival. As with all things, we keep it simple, he will find a new Christmas book, a candy cane, a few dark chocolates, some nuts, a clementine and two new wooden animals...dinosaurs, by his shoes tomorrow morning.
Celebrating in this way fits perfectly with our little family and our desire to live slowly and simply. It also allows us to really focus on the meaning of Christmas, which for us is time with family, and the celebration of the greatest gift, the Christ Child.
Happy St. Nicholas Day!